COLUMBUS, Ohio -- We've got a good one brewing here at Ohio Stadium, as Ohio State leads No. 15 Wisconsin 17-14 after three quarters.
Some quick thoughts:
Ohio State grabbed momentum right away as Dan Herron raced 57 yards on the first play of the third quarter. It's clear how much Herron means to Ohio State, both as a running back and as an inspirational leader. The Buckeyes' offensive line also has stepped up twice in goal-line situations.
How can Wisconsin have a punt blocked two weeks in a row? You know coach Bret Bielema emphasized punt protection after last week's disaster against Michigan State, and yet Wisconsin had another breakdown as Ohio State's Ryan Shazier raced in for the block. If Wisconsin falls short, it will once again look back on a special-teams disaster.
Wisconsin's offense seemed to gather itself late in the quarter after Ohio State's Jordan Hall fumbled a punt when the Buckeyes had all the momentum. The Badgers' offensive line hasn't been bad, but it needs to impose its will down the stretch against an Ohio State front four that has been brilliant, led by John Simon.
Ohio State needs to design easier passes for freshman QB Braxton Miller to execute. The Buckeyes get behind the chains too much and don't show the short to midrange passes that could help Miller get into a better rhythm.